September 2014 Favorites

9.30.2014

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Well, it's that time of the month again (and no, I'm not talking about my ~lady~ time)! Another month has come to its end, and I've teamed up with my main boo's from the Beauty Bloggers of Central Florida to show you all the products that I am loving from this past month. So let's waste no more time in getting into my favorite products!
  1. MAC Soar Lip Liner- I've basically rediscovered this old favorite of mine lately. Perfect for the Kylie Jenner look.
  2. It Cosmetics No-Tug Waterproof Gel Eyeliner- This was on sale at Ulta for $10 the other day, and after reading so many glowing reviews of this eyeliner from other bloggers, I just went for it. Well, I totally wish I bought more of this stuff because it is AMAZING. I rarely put eyeliner on my waterline anymore because it just gets everywhere but this stuff? Doesn't budge and is intensely pigmented. I'm basically in love.
  3. Anastasia Brow Wiz- This pencil is amazing for a natural looking brow, or even a more filled-in brow. There spoolie on the other end of pencil is also great for brushing product through the eyebrow hairs. Basically, it's my holy grail brow product at the moment.
  4. La Bella Figura Just Jenna Radiant Creme Blush- In last month's favorites post, I raved about the lip color I purchased from LBF and how I couldn't wait to try the rest of the line. Well, I finally have the whole makeup line (courtesy of Marissa from BeauTeaBar) and you guys. This cream blush is off. the. chain. So pigmented and so moisturizing on the skin. It also works great for a lip color!
  5. Rare El'ements Pure Shampoo- I started using an Aussie shampoo and conditioner because I didn't think I needed to spend money on expensive shampoos, but you guys: that Aussie shampoo and conditioner dried my hair out terribly! So I caved and got into this shampoo, and it is nothing short of amazing. It really cleans my hair and gets rid of the inevitable product buildup, and best of all? It's a natural and "green" product. No chemicals here!
  6. Rare El'ements Essential Conditioner- For all of you with super dry hair, this is the conditioner you need. You only need the smallest amount for your hair, because this stuff is potent. Super moisturizing and super conditioning, this, paired with the shampoo, has breathed new life into my hair.
Now check out what my BBCFL girls have been loving this past month!


What have you been loving this past month?


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Weekend Wrap Up // No. 31

9.28.2014

Happy Sunday! I missed last week's Weekend Wrap Up, so I feel like there's a ton to catch up on! The header photo is from the twenty one pilots concert I went to last week, which was amaaaazing. Lots of happy-crying teenagers and raging hormones present at the show, but 'twas still a great time. Besides that, I've been spending time with my family and trying to get back into the blogging groove I was in a few months ago. Time to get reinspired! In the meantime, here's what you've missed.


// The Latest on Brikasia //

// The List //

// Jamming Out //

Well, it's only appropriate that I post a twenty one pilots song since the header photo is from their show. Here's my current jam, "Ode to Sleep."


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Lust List

9.26.2014

It's another day, and another day of me lusting after beauty products that either a) I cannot afford or b) can afford but understand how impractical it is for me to keep buying things for the sake of buying them. Please tell me I'm not the only one dealing with this struggle! Alas, this edition of the Lust List is filled with items that I've been hearing SO much about. One of these days I will cave, I just know it. Just keep checking my Instagram, I'm sure you'll see one of these on my feed soon. I'm weak, I tell ya... Weak! Have you tried any of these products? Also, what items are on your lust list?
  1. Kjaer Weis Lip Tint
  2. NUDESTIX (any product, really!)
  3. Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate
  4. Christian Louboutin Nail Colour
  5. NARS Audacious Lipstick
  6. Boscia Konjac Cleansing Sponge
  7. Kai Perfume Oil

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Say HELLO To Your New Favorite Fall Accessory

9.24.2014


Disclosure: Thank you to Lindt HELLO for sponsoring today's post and inspiring me to try Lindt HELLO!
Can you believe that it is officially fall? While it is still insanely warm where I live, I look forward to the changes that fall brings in: darker lipsticks, boots, and now: Lindt HELLO Bars. Yes, please! One of my favorite fall trends has been the pastel color trend. Totally unexpected for fall! While I'm all for the traditional "dark colors for fall + winter" concept, I am completely infatuated with the pastel color trend. I tend to gravitate towards darker and more moody colors during these fall months, so I love the challenge of incorporating pastel colors into my fall wardrobe.
For example, I wore this pastel pink dress to my cousin's fall wedding recently in New York. This is definitely not a color I ever wear, but can I just say how much I love it?! It went SO perfectly with the gloomy fall weather. With some fierce metallic gold accents and nude pumps, this was a fall wedding look that I would totally repeat in the future. And, because of this dress, I am officially on the hunt for more pastel pieces to add to my fall wardrobe. The best thing about this trend? It will absolutely continue on until next spring and summer, too. You can't go wrong with pastel!
You know what else is awesome about this fall? The Lindt HELLO Chocolate Bars. Lindt HELLO Chocolate is inspired by classic desserts, and comes in four flavors: Caramel Brownie, Strawberry Cheesecake, Crunchy Nougat, and Cookies & Cream. And I will tell you this much: these are DELICIOUS. These will become your new favorite fall accessory. Trust me, you guys. These new chocolates come in bars, sticks, and mini-stick bags. Regardless, you may find yourself sneaking these into your purses to snack on throughout the day.
Wanna know something cool about Lindt HELLO? Lindt Chocolate is partnering with Ashley Tisdale to co-produce “It Started with HELLO”, which premiered on September 12th on the "It Started with HELLO" Youtube page.  The first episode, produced by Tisdale, premiered on September 18, 2014. Three additional new episodes will debut weekly through October 9, 2014.  It is a fun, new romantic comedy digital series capturing couples as they make their first connections, and is inspired by the cheeky personalities of the new Lindt HELLO products. The coolest thing about this series is that YOU can choose the ending to each episode!

And that's not all! There's also an awesome sweepstakes that you can enter RIGHT. NOW. To enter the sweepstakes, visit the Lindt HELLO Sweet Connections Sweepstakes Landing Page and enter your email address. Entries can be made daily for additional chances to win the below prizes. The first two weeks of the sweepstakes have already passed, but as of today, here are the prizes you can still enter to win:

Week 3: Girls Just Want to Have Fun (9/24 – 9/30)
• Enjoy a shopping spree with the girls + yummy Lindt HELLO Chocolate!

Week 4: Sweet Staycation (10/1 – 10/7)

• Lindt HELLO treats you to a pampered night in – movies, books + chocolate!

Week 5: Besties Reunion (10/8 – 10/14)
• Reconnect with your bestie at the spa for a day + Lindt HELLO chocolate to sweeten the deal.

So what are you waiting for? Make sure to check out the "It Started With HELLO" web series and be sure to enter the Lindt HELLO sweepstakes!



hopeful

9.22.2014

 I just wanted to take some time out of my regularly scheduled programming to just say thank you. Thank you to everyone who reached out to me both privately and via comments in regards to my last personal post (not the one about Kotex- haaa). I know the whole issue of anxiety isn't necessarily a new thing, but it can certainly be a touchy subject. For those of you who offered advice- thank you so much. Today I plan on hitting up the health food store in search of some natural remedies for anxiety because, quite frankly, I don't want to add to my gray hair collection on my head. I'm not emotionally ready for that!

It's been a rocky past few days, but I finally have a few days of peace and quiet before having to do anything major. And for that I am grateful! Far too often in this seemingly superficial world of beauty blogging does it seem like I'm on my own, but I've come to realize that I have a great support system within this online beauty community (heeeey Beauty Bloggers of Central Florida boo boo's!). So for that as well I am eternally grateful.

All sappiness aside, I'm trying to get back in the groove today. I can't guarantee a regular blogging schedule for the next few weeks, but you can guarantee that I'm going to be working my hardest to stay consistent. And remain optimistic. Thanks again for all the positive vibes! You're all really rad.

5 Fall Must-Haves for Your Handbag with U by Kotex

9.20.2014

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by U by Kotex and Wal-Mart.
Is it just me or has fall crept up super quickly? It feels like just yesterday when I was prepping for summertime to start! Alas, fall is here and I've teamed up with U by Kotex once again to show you my 5 fall essentials for my handbag.
  1. U by Kotex CleanWear Pads- I believe it is always best to be prepared in the event of a... feminine emergency. Which is why I don't go anywhere without these pads. 
  2. Kleenex Slim Packs- Besides the super adorable packaging on this, these slim packs are incredibly useful. In the fall, my allergies go extra crazy, so it's always super helpful to have these in my bag.
  3. Waterproof mascara- This may seem like a silly thing to keep in my purse, but hear me out! I keep my mascara really light during the day, so when I go out at night I like to amp up the lash factor. With this in my bag, I can add a few coats of mascara to my lashes before going out at night.
  4. Vampy lipstick- Because nothing screams "fall" quite like a vampy lipstick does!
  5. Brow pencil- Just like my mascara, I apply my brow pencil with a light hand in the mornings, but then want a more defined brow later on in the evening. Simple solution: bring my brow pencil with me to make that transition!
And because sharing is truly caring, you can score my top two favorite handbag essentials, the U by Kotex Pads (or Tampons!) with Kleenex Slim Packs, for a limited time at Wal-Mart! Not only that, but Wal-Mart also has some pretty rad products available for some prettttty darn good prices that are pretty much meant to be in your handbag.

And you know what's better than Wal-Mart's already low prices? A coupon to make the prices that much lower! The more times you share this coupon on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest, the more money you will save on your next Kleenex and U by Kotex purchase. This offer includes three coupons for Kleenex ($.50, $.75, $1) and three coupons for U by Kotex ($.75, $1, $1.50). So really, what are you waiting for? Click through to snap up this great deal! What are some of your essentials for your handbag?

anxious

9.17.2014

I feel like I need to be a bit more honest with you all. As I'm sure you've noticed by now, my posting has been rather sporadic in recent months. There has been an enormous amount of things going on in my personal life that has unfortunately creeped into my blogging life as well. Several weeks ago, I wrote about how I've been feeling uninspired, and a lot of you guys offered some great advice on gaining inspiration. I've been in a very strange rut for what seems like a very long time now, and it all boils down to something new I've been dealing with: anxiety.

Reflecting on my life, I'm coming to the realization that anxiety has been a constant presence in my life, although I've never called it that. Admitting anxiety issues essentially meant admitting defeat, something my pride would never allow. There have been several anxiety triggers this year- the death of my dog, stress about my future, and, more recently, the death of my grandmother earlier this morning. While on the outside I may seem cool, calm, and collected, just know that on the inside I'm probably freaking out. I've even been having trouble sleeping at night, because my anxiety keeps me awake and contemplating things that are ultimately out of my control. My anxiety also has the ability to make my physically ill, although thankfully Pepto Bismol is able to help me in that department. I haven't spoken to my doctor about this because I don't want to be prescribed a strong medication that will alter me in a negative way... I want to try to cope with this in the most natural way possible.

I know that this is a very unusual post to be reading from me. After all, this is a blog about beauty. But at its core, Brikasia is a place for me to express myself, and at the present moment, writing about my latest struggle is helping me, for better or for worse, cope. I am absolutely terrible at expressing my feelings, and my finger has been hovering over the "Publish" button for several hours already. But I am going to publish this post, regardless of what it will do to my traffic or other petty "blogger problems"-esque things, in the hopes that some of you have some tips on how to deal with anxiety issues. Thanks for sticking around, everyone. Truly! From the bottom of my heart. Sorry for getting so personal up in here.

Weekend Wrap Up // No. 30

9.14.2014

Happy Sunday! I totally skipped last week's Weekend Wrap Up last weekend, shame on me! I've been a terrible blogger. Anyway, I'm currently in New York right now, and while I've been in town, I got to spend some time with the stunning Marissa of BeauTeaBar and created a gorgeous tutorial that will be coming up within the next month or so! I can't wait to show it off, we only used the newest La Bella Figura makeup. I'm excited! And also glad that Marissa was my model. Anyway, besides that, here's what you've missed!


// The Latest on Brikasia //

// The List //

  • This gadget is BRILLIANT. I need it and I want it. A bracelet that also charges your phone? Yes please. (Garance Dore)
  • This white outfit is STUNNING. Danielle, grl, you're killing it. (Shikshin)
  • Really loving this idea of a flower embellished photo! (A Beautiful Mess)
  • Here's a very handy guide to essential oils! (A Cup of Jo)
  • Loving this colorful makeup look by Coco! (The Beauty Milk)
  • This "Falling Leaves" makeup tutorial by Miranda is so gorgeous and so perfect for fall. (Slashed Beauty)
  • What would your fashion blog name be? Apparently mine would be DVF DTF. Not gonna lie, I totally love it. (Man Repeller)

// Jamming Out //

My beloved Walk the Moon has finally released a new song called Shut Up and Dance, and you guys... you will totally shut up and you will totally start dancing. Such a jam.
 

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Kylie Jenner VMAs Makeup Look

9.11.2014

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Did any of you guys watch the VMAs this year? Well, it was a total snoozefest until Queen Bey KILLED IT with a medley of songs from her latest album, but I must say... The makeup looks at the show were ON. POINT. I'm not really into the Kardashian clan, but I gotta give it to the youngest one, Kylie Jenner. Her makeup look was stunning and is such a great look for a toned-down yet still amped-up makeup look for special events! I teamed up with the wonderful ladies of The Beauty Council to give you a breakdown of my favorite look from the VMAs.
Now what is The Beauty Council, you may ask? Well, simply put, we are a group of diverse beauty bloggers who will be curating a new take on beauty twice a month. We'll feature our take on our favorite celebrity looks, do beauty challenges, and so much more. I am so proud to be apart of this group of amazing women! With that aside, here's how to create the Kylie Jenner look!

5 Drugstore Nude Lipsticks For Your Fall Smoky Eye

9.10.2014

Ed. Note: I am busy traveling today, so I asked one of my favorite bloggers, Miranda from Slashed Beauty, to write a guest post for me! I really love this article, and I hope you do, too! ~Brianna
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As we start transitioning into fall, you may notice some beauty looks emerging that had been hiding from the dog days of summer. One of my favorite trends? Dramatic smoky eyes, of course! My eyes have always been my favorite part of my face to play up, which is probably why it took me 19 years to actually start wearing lipstick on the regular. Now that I’m pretty much addicted to it, though, I must wear it even when I’m doing an extra sultry eye look!
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Enter: the nude lipstick. The “little black dress” of your lipstick collection, a good nude lipstick can go with anything. Think you only need one? Think again. There are so many different type of nude lipsticks that can flatter a range of skin tones. Today, I’m going to share five of my favorite that are straight from the drugstore. Buy one, buy them all… you won’t break the bank doing so!
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  1. Maybelline ColorSensational Lipstick in Stormy Sahara (From the Buffs Collection)
    This lipstick shade leans dusty-rose with a moisturizing formula that retains a bit of translucency. It has warm undertones and is one of my your-lips-but-better shades. 
  2. NYC Expert Last Lipstick in Smooch
    Smooch is a very light pink that can look nude/neutral on lighter skin tones. It’s definitely the most colorful shade on this list, but is subtle enough to compliment your smokey eye. 
  3. Jordana Lipstick in Natural Touch
    This cheap thrill is one of my favorite neutrals to reach for! Another one that has a pink flush to it, Natural Touch is a rosy mauve that will add color to the lips without overpowering your face. 
  4. Neutrogena MoistureSmooth Color Stick in Juicy Peach
    This tinted lip balm packs super moisture for the lips with a very sheer peach shade that contains shimmer. The shade is not bright at all, and really just helps to slightly brighten up the lip (and add sparkle!). 
  5. Revlon Lip Butter in Pink Truffle
    If you haven’t jumped on the lip butter train, what are you waiting for? These are sooooo moisturizing with decent pigmentation. Pink Truffle is a sheer mauve color that would work as a nude lip for darker complexions. 
Keep in mind that what might look light a colorful lipstick to you may work out to be a nude on someone with a different skin tone! I hope that at least one of these caught your eye, and can be your new go-to smoky eye companion.

What is your favorite fall makeup trend?
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About Miranda:
Miranda Mendoza, named Most Buzzworthy Blogger by Allure Magazine, is the founder and writer of SlashedBeauty.com, an affordable beauty blog that proves you dont need to break the bank to look fabulous. Her favorite place to hang out is Disneyland, and her summer/fall obsession is the reality show, Big Brother. Youre likely to find her photographic swatches on her arm, or sitting on her phone playing the Mean Girls category on QuizUp. 




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